This post was guest-blogged by Matt Statto. Follow him on Twitter (@ilstatto)
Hey, so Juve didn’t show up against Bayern and our Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread. Let’s not forget that on a much more inspiring note, The Old Lady are comfortably 9 points clear in Serie A and are firmly in pole position to retain the scudetto, something which in itself is a great achievement. Not to mention the win during the previous weekend came against that team we all despise who play in black and blue and with it came a match winning performance by Quagman himself, Fabio Quagliarella!
Quagliarella scored a wonder goal to open the scoring just a few minutes into the game which gave the Bianconeri a great platform to build on for the rest of the game. His persistence and endeavour meant he was a real threat throughout, keeping the Inter backline on their toes at all times and whilst his retention of the ball wasn’t particularly great, he did do well to drive the ball out of defence and out of danger when the team was on the back foot. At times he could have done much better when on the ball, we all know Quagliarella likes to try the difficult – even sometimes the near impossible – and a more simple approach could have benefited Juventus even more here, especially when it came to holding up the ball on the counter attack. However, his defensive work rate was top notch, constantly closing down and making the odd interception to aid the team’s cause. He even made a few excellent clearances from dangerous crosses and corners which summed up his determination to help out in all areas of the pitch. Just to add the cherry on top, it was he who set up the winning goal of the game, keeping in an Arturo Vidal through ball and playing it across to Alessandro Matri with an excellent low cross which his compatriot converted with expertise.
Overall Quagliarella put in a very good performance and proved himself once again to be a very worthy member of the squad, even if his inconsistencies mean he’s never likely to be the first XI regular many of us hoped he’d become.
JuventiKnows Pagelle Rating:
Fabio Quagliarella 7.5 – Took his goal as only he can and immediately rushed to celebrate with Nicolas Anelka who has been acting as something of a mentor/guide/coach for the other strikers since his January arrival. Eager Beaver once again rewarded Conte’s faith in him.